Media Update: Bermuda Race Partners with Sailors for the Sea
The Newport Bermuda Race began in 1906 and is co-organized by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Cruising Club of America. These organizations are determined to protect the expanse of waters upon which their members and other sailors race and cruise.“We are excited to implement the Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce the Newport Bermuda Race’s environmental impact,” Race Chairman Jonathan Brewin says. “We are committed to achieving the maximum number of Sailors for the Sea regatta best practices possible this year. We are also interested in raising awareness about the issues our ocean faces such as marine debris, chemical runoff, and ocean acidification.” The Newport-Bermuda Race has begun several efforts in their Clean Regattas campaign, including:
- Assembling “Green Team” volunteers to spread Clean Regattas best practices.
- Seeking 100% elimination of single-use plastic water bottles, except as required by safety regulation.
- Encouraging cleaning of boats with water only or eco-friendly cleaners.
- Engaging the public in sustainability efforts.
- Using an online Regatta Management System to handle registration electronically.
- Partnering with Clean Ocean Access and other environmental groups in Newport and Bermuda for harbor and beach clean-ups.
- Promoting recycling and proper waste management both onboard and at shoreside events.
About Clean Regattas Clean Regattas is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The program enables sailors to protect their local waters by empowering them with tips and resources to implement sustainability initiatives. Since 2006, more than 1100 Clean Regattas have been run in 36 countries and in over half of all the United States. To learn more contact Robyn Albritton (email@example.com) or visit sailorsforthesea.org.
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